CONCORD, NH – State Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) encourages residents and visitors to prepare now for potential hurricanes and tropical storms as we head into August and September, the most active portion of the Northeast hurricane season.


"It only takes one hurricane or tropical storm to severely impact an area," HSEM Director Perry Plummer said. "Though the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expects a less-active hurricane season for the Northeast, we should always be working toward preparing our families, communities and businesses for the potentially severe events of each season."


The core steps to preparedness are simple: 1) complete a Family Emergency Plan to know how your family will contact one another, where you will meet and where you will evacuate to when an emergency occurs, 2) complete Emergency Contact Cards for each member of your family to keep with them at all times, and 3) prepare an Emergency Kit to sustain your household for at least three days. More information about each of these steps and what to do before, during and after a hurricane can be found at ReadyNH.gov.


Complete A Family Emergency Plan.

Make sure your family has an up-to-date emergency plan. Before an emergency happens, sit down together and decide how you will contact each other, where you will go and what you will do during an emergency. Keep a copy of this plan in your emergency kit or another safe place where you can access it in the event of a disaster. Family Emergency Plan forms are available at ReadyNH.gov.


Complete Emergency Contact Cards.

Emergency Contact Cards should be completed and given to each family member to keep with them at all times. Emergency Contact Cards contain contact information for a local contact, an out-of-town contact, and a neighborhood meeting place. It will be important to have these pieces of information when an emergency occurs so that you don't have to rely on the contact information in your cell phone when charging capabilities may be limited. Emergency Contact Cards are available at ReadyNH.gov.


Build a Kit.

Emergency Kits are essential and should be kept in a safe location where they will be accessible during an emergency. Basic emergency kits should be kept in each car as well. Emergency Kits should contain enough water, non-perishable foods and prescriptions to last at least three days for each person in your household. In addition, each Emergency Kit should contain a flashlight, radio, extra batteries, first aid kit, sanitation items, cash and additional clothing. It is important to customize kits to meet your needs and the needs of your family and pets. Emergency Kit Shopping Lists are available at ReadyNH.gov.


Closely monitor media reports and promptly follow instructions from public safety officials as a storm approaches.  Information on severe weather watches and warnings will be available from media sources, the National Weather Service, a NOAA all-hazards radio, the free NH Alerts service, and the free NH Alerts app. To learn more about NH Alerts and for more detailed, easy-to-follow instructions of what to do before, during and after a hurricane and other disasters, go to ReadyNH.gov. 


New Hampshire Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management coordinates the State’s response to natural and human-caused disasters. NH HSEM also provides planning and training in preparation for possible terrorist attacks. For additional information about NH HSEM, go to http://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/hsem/index.html. Follow NH HSEM updates on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NH_HSEM and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NH.HSEM. Also, sign up for the free NH Alerts service and download the free NH Alerts mobile app to receive emergency information via your landline, mobile and smartphones, including severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency information from NH HSEM. To learn more about the free NH Alerts service and to download the free NH Alerts app, visit: www.readynh.gov.